by Keith Peters
When Tyrone Willingham was named Stanford's new head football coach, he expected to have three quarterbacks battling for the starting job in the spring. That number has been reduced to two, now that sophomore Scott Frost has left school and returned home to Wood River, Neb., where he's expected to transfer to the University of Nebraska.
Senior Mark Butterfield and redshirt sophomore Tim Carey now will duel to replace the soon-to-be graduated Steve Stenstrom. Frost, meanwhile, will redshirt the 1995 season and have two years of eligibility remaining.
"I am very disappointed that Scott would decide to leave the Stanford family," Willingham said in a statement. "We are saddened by his loss and that of any other player in our program. I hope that Scott reaches the goals that he and his family have set. I wish him well, as we continue to build a strong Stanford program."
Frost never met with Willingham, nor told other Stanford coaches of his decision. He was on campus this week to say goodbye to friends and pack up his room. He left Wednesday morning for Nebraska.
According to Steve Frost, Scott's brother and a senior on the Stanford football team, the decision to leave school came over the winter break.
"He's hasn't really been happy since he got here," Steve told The Stanford Daily. "Over break, he realized how much he missed home and how many friends he had at Nebraska."
Scott reportedly spoke with Nebraska head coach Tom Osborne about transferring, then received a written release from his Stanford obligation. Frost was rated among the nation's top five quarterbacks coming out of Wood River (Neb.) High School, choosing Stanford over such schools as Nebraska and Notre Dame for the opportunity to develop under Bill Walsh and become an NFL quarterback.
When Walsh resigned after this season, it was just another unpleasant moment for Frost.
"I think it (Scott's transferring) didn't have to do with the coaching change as much as people like to believe," said Steve Frost, who added that Scott wanted another year to mature (under Walsh) before trying to move on to the NFL.
"Nebraska is best-suited to what he does well," Steve Frost said of his brother, whose role as an option quarterback should fit well into the Cornhuskers' high-powered running game.
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